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The New Spaces Team

Capable People with an Incredible Focus on Quality

We've all heard that people make the difference. At New Spaces, that's really true. We're so fortunate to have a team of capable people with an incredible focus on quality. Here's the team that will bring your home remodeling project to life.

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Shawn Nelson

President, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Wishes he could golf a lot more than he has been lately
Makes a mean spaghetti sauce
Is allowed to move dirt if no one else is available
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry

shawn nelson new spaces remodeling mnProfessional Profile: Grew up working every kind of job at New Spaces with a first-hand look at remodeling and the difference it could make in a family's life. Earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University in business and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas - School of Business. His favorite tool is his computer. Shawn is most proud of the way New Spaces helps its customers discover the right project for them - one that fits their needs and their budget.

Shawn started early in the business. Though it may have violated some child labor laws, we have photographic proof of him out on a job with his dad when he was a young kid.

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Doug Nelson

Founder

Has traveled all over the world ... but would go back to Italy in a heartbeat
Loves to fish
Is originally from Two Harbors on the North Shore and worked in the mines to pay his way through college
Favorite Ice Cream: Bridgeman's Butter Brickle

Professional Profile: When he founded New Spaces more than 30 years ago, Doug had no idea it would grow to the size it is now. What began as a handyman service continued on to become a first-class remodeling company. He really appreciates the difference the company's work can make. Doug says, "It's so rewarding to be able to stand back at the end of the job and feel that you've really accomplished something special. I've seen dramatic improvements in our customer's homes and their lives really change because of it. When a family can now enjoy their time together in a new kitchen and entertain with ease, it really enhances the quality of their lives together. I love being able to help that happen."

Now in "retirement", Doug continues to lend his expertise and skill to projects for New Spaces, his family and lucky neighbors.

Carol Nelson

Founder

Loves to travel
Likes - not loves - fishing but really loves just being in the boat
Loves all 20 white paint choices on the "Whisper White" chart
Favorite Ice Cream: Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream from Bridgeman's just as it's being made. (Clearly, that was an employee perk in days gone by!)

Professional Profile: In the early days of New Spaces, when it was just starting up, Carol did every kind of job in the company and worked wherever she was needed ... as a painter, roofer, chimney installer, project manager and more. She was thrilled when she could put down the hammer and go back to her real work as an accountant. Still to this day, she's a vital part of New Spaces accounting team.

The company has grown beyond anything Carol ever imagined. She has a real appreciation for the people who make New Spaces what it is today. "I'm really proud of all the good people we have at New Spaces and the great work they do for our customers. They're like family to me."

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Ed Finneseth

Lead Carpenter

When he isn't at work building things out of wood, he's at home building things out of wood
Loves to golf, garden and read
Has two grandsons who are about to get their first hammer
Favorite Ice Cream: Cherry

Professional Profile: Ed has always been a carpenter. He started out building custom homes, but quickly found his calling as a remodeler. He says, "I love remodeling. I love the new challenges that come with every job. I can't imagine doing anything else." New Spaces has been fortunate to have Ed on the team since 1996.

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Ross Gravrok

Lead Carpenter

Has three main hobbies: his teenage daughters, golf and camping
Has known Doug - the founder - since the early days
Much prefers the challenge of remodeling over new home construction
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Professional Profile: Ross has been with New Spaces since 1991. He worked with Doug years before that and each knew the other as a great carpenter. When it came time to hire more people in the early 90's, Ross was the perfect choice. His expertise and skills matched New Spaces rather exacting standards and he really understood New Spaces approach to remodeling. Ross says, "What I love about New Spaces is that I have the time to do things right. We have always been focused on quality and that's exactly how I work. They let me do a good job for each and evey customer."

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Sara Laurent

Production Manager

Has 3 grown children - scattered from Prior Lake, to Wisconsin, to Costa Rica - and 3 of the best grandchildren ever!
Loves the outdoors – horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, camping
Has 2 rescue horses, that she saved and nursed back to health
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Professional Profile: Sara has worked in the construction world for most of her career and has worn many hats in the process. She is the unseen force at New Spaces that keeps the wheels oiled and the machine moving ahead. She is responsible for all the ordering and scheduling. Sara says, “We are a really good team. We all care about our customers and strive to provide them with the best remodeling experience possible.”

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Duane Busch

Maintenance

Loves spending time with his 4 grandkids
Enjoys fishing at his cabin in Canada
Knows what it's like to be a satisfied New Spaces customer
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip

Professional Profile: Duane is the person who comes in at the very end of a project, when all the work is done, for a final thorough cleaning. He's there when the homeowners are gushing about how much they love their new kitchen, or bath, or family room. He understands how they feel. Duane has been a New Spaces customer himself! He says, "I really loved how New Spaces did the work on our house. We opened up the kitchen and remodeled the dining room and adjacent family room. My wife and I are so pleased with the end result. We are very satisfied customers." Even though Duane is now semi-retired, he loves being around the New Spaces team. "It's really a terrific group of people. We're more like a family."

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Jennifer McClellan

Homeowner Advisor

Loves spending time with her husband and 4 children - ranging from 2nd grade to college
Likes reading mysteries and meeting new people
Favorite Ice Cream: Kemps Peppermint Bon Bon

Professional Profile: Jennifer is a recent addition to New Spaces and has been with the company about 5 years. She is the first point of contact for our customers, so often hears about the reasons people want to remodel. One customer stands out in her mind - a family that had waited 30 years to remodel their kitchen. 30 years! New Spaces removed the original appliances from the home when they remodeled. Jennifer loves it that New Spaces was able to make the family's dream come true and that they now have a kitchen that brings them so much joy.

Jennifer definitely is in the right place. As she says, "I am proud to be a part of such a great team."

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Meg Jaeger

Client Relations Manager - Serving the West Metro

Professional Profile: Meg Jaeger started Mega Homes in 1993 and created an extended team of professional and ethical members that work towards a mutual goal of creating beautiful homes in the Twin Cities. Meg’s passion for what she does shows in the Mega Homes products. She takes the time to research true style architecture, functional space planning and product innovation in an ever changing industry. She understands that the home building industry is complex; organization and clear communication are Meg’s focus on a daily basis. She truly is the Meg behind Mega Homes.

Meg is excited to be part of the New Spaces team and expand on her passion for helping clients create unique and life changing designs by focusing on recreating existing homes.

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Jayme Lennon

DesignER

Jayme is an Interior Designer with 5+ years experience in the residential remodeling industry. Her passion for design and all things creative have given her the opportunity to design projects ranging from kitchens and bathrooms, to additions and exteriors.

She enjoys surrounding herself with other creative people and seeks inspiration from books and all things mid-century modern. When designing for clients, she always keeps their lifestyle and budget as top priorities. Jayme believes creativity can lend a solution to any problem.

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Sharon Barczak

LEAD DESIGNER

A MN Qualified Builder and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Sharon is a seasoned designer with over 20 years of experience. She knows a lot about cabinets– Shaker, slab, and more. Sharon owns her own business, Simply Divine Home, Hearth and Table. When she's not working, she spends her time outdoors and at the cabin with her husband and three teenagers.

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Kerrilynn Witty

Lead Designer

Kerrilynn Witty joined New Spaces as a Design Assistant in 1998. She has over 10 years of experience as a Lead Designer. A strong project manager, Kerrilynn keeps the train on track and running smoothly. Recently, she has found a new passion for hiking and loves to visit her family in Portland, Oregon. Favorite ice cream: Breyers French Silk.

Our Trusted Expert Consultation

Personalized Advice Just For You

We take a unique educational approach to helping our clients through the complex remodeling process. Our salaried designers share real budget information to help you make informed decisions about your renovation project. There is never any pressure, only professional advice.

To get started, either fill out this form, call us at 952-898-5300, or email us at info@newspaces.com.

Jennifer McClellan, Homeowner Advisor, has been helping families through New Spaces’ educational process for over five years. She loves being able to show people how our team can help them achieve their remodeling dream.


Meg Jaeger recently joined the New Spaces team, bringing her experience and passion for housing that has helped nearly a thousand families in the area build and remodel. She was owner of Mega Homes and is the President of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities


We look forward to working with you to create the house of your dreams!

Our Trusted Expert Consultation

Personalized Advice Just For You

We take a unique educational approach to helping our clients through the complex remodeling process. Our salaried designers share real budget information to help you make informed decisions about your renovation project. There is never any pressure, only professional advice.

To get started, either fill out this form, call us at 952-898-5300, or email us at info@newspaces.com.

Jennifer McClellan, Homeowner Advisor, has been helping families through New Spaces’ educational process for over five years. She loves being able to show people how our team can help them achieve their remodeling dream.


Meg Jaeger recently joined the New Spaces team, bringing her experience and passion for housing that has helped nearly a thousand families in the area build and remodel. She was owner of Mega Homes and is the President of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities


We look forward to working with you to create the house of your dreams!

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